Question on CPVC plumbing

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Luberhill

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We are looking at a house for sale , nice place but basically all builders grade cabinets etc
I noticed all the plumbing seems to be CPVC
Is to is a problem ?
And was this done just to save money
 

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Yes. It is cheaper than copper.
Should’t Be a problem, from what I read. Rarely used in our area. suppliers don’t even stock it.
 

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It's a pretty bad choice and some non plumber did it for sure. That being said it's an approved material. The question would be the non plumber who put it in and if it's set up in a way that is good. I'm guessing it's not. But any knuckle dragger can hook up cpvc and make water flow through it.
 

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Personally I hate the fact that they approved cpvc for supply lines in a home. Twice in the same home I have had the pipes shatter when just closing the under sink stops to replace faucets. I would recomend that if you're changing faucets on a home with cpvc to shut off the whole house shutoff! That could save a LOT of headaches. :mad:
 

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Personally I hate the fact that they approved cpvc for supply lines in a home. Twice in the same home I have had the pipes shatter when just closing the under sink stops to replace faucets. I would recomend that if you're changing faucets on a home with cpvc to shut off the whole house shutoff! That could save a LOT of headaches. :mad:
I agree 100%, when i became plumbing inspector i banned them. Also garburators .
 

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Would this be a reason to pass on the house ?
I really don’t want to replumb a two story house
 

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I completely plumbed a house and a cabin with it and had no problems whatsoever. If it was installed properly and the pressure is < 60 it should be fine.
 

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Not a reason to pass on a house. I just bought one with it. I redid it of corse. I would negotiate a lower price because of it.
 

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How old is the home? There was a time, when thrifty builders didn't want to pay for copper (but PEX was uncommon) and CPVC came into use. Once PEX became common the use of CPVC dropped. Maybe this home fits into that time period. Though there have been a lot of good innovations in the trades, there were a lot of bad ones since abandoned; a home built on the cheap with abandoned products and practices will let you know in due time...

There are some horror stories out there (which you'll find with any plumbing system I'm afraid) of failed fittings and joints.

CPVC requires solvents/cements specifically suitable for CPVC.

If you are concerned get a home inspection. If you are really concerned, get an unaffiliated plumber to take a look not just at the material but how it's installed.
 

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I'm in So. Calif. And see a lot of repiping going on. These guys can do a 3 story TH in about 2 days. Lots of holes in walls and ceilings, but the guys that come back in after to repair holes are usually REALLY good. I would get a couple quotes from reputable Re-pipers, with references, and use those to modify the buying price. Lots of people want to repaint anyway before moving in so that's the time to get this done. Before you move in!
If I really loved the house this is what I would do. I personally would NOT buy a house with CPVC supply lines.
 

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I just quoted a 2 bath house repipe at $6800. No drywall repair.

New water service, all new Rehau crimp pex in the attic, insulated.
 

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